Experiment #1 – Can it be that easy?

Like so many hobbyists, I have taken my hobby/passion from consumption to production.  I did my research, I found many recipes and a wide range of time needed to create an amazing drink.  I decided to select the simplest.

Simple is good.  I picked the following approach – Simple Syrup, Ginger and Canadian Seltzer Water.  I purchased the ingredients, and cheated a bit with one of them.  Gourmet Garden has a prepared diced/ground Fresh Ginger, and the ginger has a consistency between liquid and paste. The ginger was peeled and prepared – how easy could it be.

Gourmet Garden - Ginger
Gourmet Garden – Ginger

To start, I measured one cup of water and one cup of sugar into a sauce pan (equal parts of a simple syrup which I found on AllRecipes).  Into the sauce pan squeezed out all the Ginger in the tube.  I turned the heat to medium, and prepared to wait for it to boil and dissolve the sugar.  I also realized I need to dissolve the sugar, and whisked the sugar and ginger in the syrup regularly.

Preparation
Preparation
Whisk and Boil
Whisk and Boil

Looks interesting …. Don’t loose track of it like I did.   It boiled over in 15 minutes, and created a small mess.   I cleaned that up quickly.

I poured the mix into the a bowl to cool, and I waited until today to sample. I poured an ounce of the mix into a large glass, and poured in a seltzer water to top it off.

Tasty
Tasty

The Ginger Beer was delicious, yet slightly harsh, it needed to be cooked a bit more to limit the harshness of raw ginger .   I was so close.  I am excited to do experiment #2.

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